2007 was the year of copyright-infringement lawsuits for the music industry. Universal Music, Warner Music, and EMI all settled with popular music sharing websites for huge sums of money. But, says John Brance, a lawyer for several musical groups:
“Artist managers and lawyers have been wondering for months when their artists will see money from the copyright settlements and how it will be accounted for.”
Some groups have threatened their labels with lawsuits, while the producers claim that their legal fees have bled them dry. Artists who do qualify for reimbursement may have a long wait ahead of them, as spokespeople for the various companies have talked up the lengthy and complicated process of determining who should get what.